Members and guests of the Progressive Women’s Association met recently at White Hall City Hall for their Business Associate/Woman of the Year Event. The room was decorated with spring flowers on pastel table cloths.
Linda Eifling, president, welcomed everyone and introduced the executive board members. A dinner featuring beef brisket was served.
After the meal, Jan Adam presented the highlights of the year. Over the years, Progressive Women’s Association has given scholarships totaling $88,000. She proudly announced that at this time there are six scholarship recipients — Jessica Ashcraft, Lauren Burgess, Anita Butler, Whitney Erwin, Allison Sites and Alex Smith. In addition to scholarships, the group loves to do community service and take day trips. The group collects non-perishable food items for the White Hall Food Pantry. At Thanksgiving the group made a monetary donation to the White Hall Food Pantry. The group made a monetary donation to the Salvation Army as their Christmas community service project and recently members purchased diapers to donate to the Salvation Army Diaper Drive. Some of the day trips the group has taken were to Pottsville, Eureka Springs, Boosier City, La., and Sheridan.
The entertainment consisted of the First Baptist Church of White Hall Quartet who serenaded the group with gospel music. Alice Erwin, scholarship co-chairman, introduced Whitney Erwin, Jayme Yarbrough, and Lauren Burgess, who spoke on how Progressive’s scholarships have helped them in their lives.
Betsy Foster presented the Woman of the Year Award to Brenda Doucey.
Doucey is a retired school teacher from the Pine Bluff School District. She is very active in grief counseling as well as her church, First Baptist Church of White Hall, where she works with the Senior Adult Committee. She and her husband, Rickey, have one son, David, and daughter-in-law Susie, who live in Siloam Springs. Her hobbies include reading, antiques and travel. She has been active in Progressive Women’s Association for several years and is currently serving as scrapbook chairman.
Scott Burgess was honored as Business Associate of the Year. Scott and Carrie Webb are co-owners of Carrie Scott Antique Mall. Scott and his wife, Mary Ann, have two children — Lauren and Daniel. Burgess is a wild duck hunter and is very active in the First Baptist Church of White Hall, where he sings in a gospel group.
Linda Hurd recognized the scholarship donors and ad donors.
Lauren Hopson, Foster, Christie Hoffman, Rickey Doucey, Ann Douthit and Floretta Scott won door prizes at the event.